Argument is a lost artform. Understanding both sides of an issue well enough to be able to defend and then advocate for a position is a skill that most high school students do not develop adequately. The Intro to Law class at Hebron Academy is meant to expose students to the many intricacies of the United States legal system and give them an opportunity to refine their deliberative skills. We do this through careful examination of and discussion about the US Constitution, the various laws that change on an almost daily basis, through mock trials, and legal film analysis.
Students work together in our Intro to Law class to craft legal arguments and present their analysis. They work on developing the language necessary to manage formal classroom debates. They learn how politics and the law intersect and about the resulting chaos. They study former cases brought before the United States Supreme Court and see how the law changes as time passes. In short, this class gives students a new way to think about and see the world they live in. I like to think this class is a vehicle to becoming a more well-rounded and informed member of society.